Lahan is an active member of the community with a commitment to seeing that the local area is improved for the benefit of local people. He has been a resident on the Aylesbury Estate for over 10 years. For over 12 years he has helped run and manage the Aylesbury Learning Centre, a key local community resource, and is also a church warden at St Peter’s Church in Walworth. His skills focus is on Human Resource Management, Community Support and Development and also IT Management. Lahan joined the board to ensure that the needs and interests of local people, in particular those of young people, are heard and addressed in terms of local employment, enterprise and apprenticeship and that the surrounding community becomes a better living and working environment for all.
Robert Smeath (Chair)
Robert Smeath has lived near Bricklayers Arms for 21 years and has worked in the City of London as a solicitor advising on Wills and Trusts. He is an active member of St John’s Waterloo and is particularly interested in the youth and employment work at Inspire. He currently chairs the Finance Committee and is also chair of the Board.
Theophilia worships at St Peter’s Church, where she is a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), and also team leader for the Robes Winter Night Shelter hosted at the Church. For her day job, Theophilia works for the Diocese of Southwark as a Public Policy Researcher. Other than this she has a keen interested in social justice issues and spending time with her family.
Local Councillor Lorraine Lauder, has lived in Walworth all her life and is very passionate about the area and as a child went to Michael Faraday School. There is a strong local connection with both her dad and husband working as councillors over the years and she has been known by many as the champion of East Street Market through having originally worked there. Her parents also set up the charity called The People’s Care Association in Southwark of which she is now the Director. In 2011-2012 Lorraine took the post of Mayor of Southwark which proved to be really enjoyable. All this good work contributed to Lorraine receiving an MBE.
Reverend Sheila Saunders served for many years as an assistant priest and has spent many years since the early 1970s being involved with the Church and InSpire. She was church warden for 15 years and an integral part of the refurbishment of St Peters and the creation of the InSpire community centre which was a desperately needed local facility. Sheila has also been a volunteer Chaplin at King’s College Hospital for 10 years and has a strong interest in the community of Walworth.
Alan Wild (Treasurer)
Canon Alan Wild has been attending St Peter’s now for over 30 years, fifteen of which have been as a Deacon and Priest. During this time, the idea of transforming the crypt into an Arts and Community centre was conceived, and although he was not directly involved with the InSpire project, his role as a member of the clergy supported and assisted the work of the then Rector, Rev. Giles Goddard, and the committee, in making the vision a reality. He has served on the InSpire board as both a Director and more recently as Treasurer. He is also Director and Honorary Assistant Curate at St Peter’s Church.
Nicholas Weedon is an architect who was engaged for the refurbishment of St Peter’s crypt when InSpire was created, and was also involved with the more recent improvements at Pembroke House. His role on the board is mainly to advise on matters relating to the building, and keeps a keen interest in how the services offered by InSpire develop. He is also actively involved in community groups where he lives in Brixton.
The Reverend Andrew Moughtin-Mumby became Rector of St Peter’s, Walworth in September 2010 and a member of the Board at the same time. Previously he spent four years at Pembroke House/St Christopher’s Church, Walworth. St Peter’s Church is here for the whole parish and is very proud to have refurbished the Crypt to make space for InSpire. Father Andrew is passionate about parish ministry and the vocation of St Peter’s Church and congregation in Walworth and beyond. He is married and has three daughters. His interests include vocational discernment, the theology of the early Church, photography and, of course, food and drink!
Peter Chadwick (Vice Chair)
Peter Chadwick has lived in Walworth for 30 years. He formerly worked for the Church of England’s central institutions and latterly was chief executive of the Church Urban Fund. He worships at St Peter’s and has a particular interest in refugee and asylum issues. He is also Chair of Governors of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, Walworth.
Alexandra moved to Walworth in 2014, having lived in Strata at Elephant and Castle since 2010 and loves living in the area with her husband and young daughter. As a local resident and keen to support the community, Alex became involved with InSpire in 2017 and has a particular interest in the youth, family support and employment work. Having studied Politics and Spanish at university, spending 12 months in Chile, she then went on to qualify as a Private Client lawyer. She now heads up the Private Client Division at a FTSE100 wealth management company. She loves spending time with her family and friends, eating all types of cuisine, drinking wine and travelling.